West London Queer Project wins Civic Honours Award

Image: Aubrey Crawley receiving the award from LB Hammersmith & Fulham

Making a contribution to building ‘a stronger, safer, kinder borough’

The West London Queer Project was recognised at the Hammersmith and Fulham Civic Honours awards on Thursday 9 May. The awards recognise ‘contributions to building a stronger, safer, kinder borough’ and are given to those who’ve made a ‘critical difference to improving people’s lives across H&F’.

WLQP founder,  Aubrey Crawley, told the Chiswick Calendar that it was “incredible” to be in the room with so many people doing great things across the borough, and said:

“To be recognised for anything you do is always heartwarming, but what made this one extra special is they’ve used the word kinder, that just makes it a bit more meaningful because there’s not enough kindness in the world quite frankly, so to be recognised for that is amazing”.

“It’s recognition of everything we’ve done over the last year and brings awareness to who we are to people that we haven’t reached yet.”

Image: upcoming events from West London Queer Project on Instagram

“Trying to tackle loneliness, isolation and mental health”

The West London Queer Project is a Community Interest Company which aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in West London and runs numerous activities for the community –  everything from a book club to a rugby club, with film nights, walks, drag nights, comedy and music, but also sessions where LGBTQ+ parents can meet and support each other.

Aubrey says: “one of the main achievements that we’ve managed to accomplish with Hammersmith & Fulham Council is the co-funding of projects between Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham, often when we do an event, both councils will co-fund the event… our community doesn’t end at the council’s border.

“When we’re trying to tackle things like loneliness or isolation and mental health, we all need to be working together, so the fact that they co-fund these projects is just incredible. At a time when funding is low and necessity of community is really high we’ve got to think smart about how we keep these projects going, and by sharing the cost just makes absolute sense”.

Image: Ruth Cadbury MP on the 10K walk in 2023; TV presenter Jeremy Vine with Zoe-Louise Nixon and Aubrey Crawley

Image: West London Queer Project 10k charity walk in 2023, which more than 250 people took part in

10k walk coming up in June to raise money for charity

The West London Queer Project is currently working with Hammersmith & Fulham council to organise their upcoming 10K Walk & Celebration Event on Saturday 8 June, during Pride Month.

More than 500 people are expected to set off from Hammersmith and walk 10 kilometres around the river Thames, and to take part in an afternoon of entertainment from drag artists afterwards. The event aims to promote community wellness, celebrate physical activity, as well as raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of West London.

This is the second year the event has been held. The first 10K walk in 2023 proved to be a huge success, with over 250 people joining to show their support, including Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth and BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine.

The group also has a string of events coming up in May and June, including a meeting of their book club at Room 2 in Chiswick, a screening of Tom Boy at the Chiswick Cinema and the West London Warrior’s 2nd anniversary party and mini tournament.

Image: West London Warriors